Why the 5m (fishing) rule is so important

With South Norwood Lake attracting fishermen from across Europe, it has become increasingly common in recent weeks to see lines cast out across the lake by fisherman that are apparently unaware of the so-called “5 metre rule” that ensures all fishing lines are submerged under the water within 5m / 15ft of the side of the lake, weighted wherever possible, and in return that we do not sail closer than 5m / 15ft from the edge.

This rule works well at least 90% of the time, but today we had a great example of the damage that can be caused by fisherman ignoring the rules, with a fisherman casting his line from a fishing platform close to the club house across the lake to a point close to centre, resulting in around 30m / 100ft of fishing line becoming wrapped around various parts of at least 3 dinghies, complete with hooks and, not for the first time, cutting two 5cm slots all the way through one of our member’s solid fibre glass dagger boards in the process (see above): imagine if this had been an arm or leg!

So, if you’re DO and you see any fishing lines projecting out into the lake, please do everything you can to explain the rules and protect the fleet from rogue lines; we appreciate that there’s often a language barrier, so will be preparing a multilingual, illustrated sheet you can show fisherman in the future.

 

REMINDER: Golden Shackle Cup Race 1st and 15th October 2017

With the AGM moving to 19 November, this year’s Golden Shackle will now consist of 4 races on the 2 Sundays either side of our RYA Level 2 course: 1st & 15th October 2017.

The winner will be decided using the best 3 of 4 results, using our usual Cup Race scoring system (0, 3, 5.7, 8, etc), with the additional race result used as a tie breaker, if needed.

As always, the winner will take home the much coveted Golden Shackle trophy and mug!

 

Stand Up Paddle boarding Taster Sessions

On 16th and 23rd September  as part of a  pilot for future paddle boarding training, a BSUPA instructor is available to offer a one hour paddle boarding taster. Enjoy  gliding across the lake  and get in close contact with nature .  You start off on your knees to gain confidence   and then graduate to a standing position  and perfect your paddle stokes  to turn the board around.

£15 charge for the taster including use of paddle board  and buoyancy aid .

Available from 2:30 pm on the next 2 Saturdays – hurry now  to experience the last of summer on the water .

Book your time slot  :

Text or call  Rachel on 07771 645906  or email : redrachel21@icloud.com

Don’t forget your wet (or dry) suit from 12 November 2017

To give you plenty of time to prepare, just a quick reminder that all on-water participants at CSC will require a wet or dry suit from 12 November 2017 until 25 February 2018.

If you’re looking to buy a new wet or dry suit for the Winter, there are lots of bargains to be had online right now at sites like Amazon and Wetsuit Outlet, but it’s important to make sure you get one that’s suitable for the conditions.

For a wetsuit, that means a 5mm or thicker full length suit, which includes suits labelled “3/5mm”, “4/5mm” or similar, meaning they have slightly thinner arms to help you to move more freely.

You may also want to consider buying a rash vest to go underneath, which not only prevent your wetsuit rubbing and chafing, but also help keep you just a little bit warmer.

Cold feet?

We often have lots of members complaining about getting cold feet around this time of year, so if you’re suffering from chilly toes, we highly recommend getting yourself some neoprene wetsuit socks like these.